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Chuzai is a Japanese word which is equivalent to “expat” in English. Chuzai means “living overseas for an extended period of time due to an occupational assignment”.


I started this blog in March 2010 because I wanted to have a place for my creative outlet and document our family life overseas. My blog has evolved into more of a place where I showcase my interests in fashion, design, travel and food, inspirations, experiences as a parent, and discoveries of living overseas.
If you would like to know a bit more about why I blog, please visit the following.
My Muse ☆ Expat Life & Blogging About My Finds

If you would like to learn a bit more about me, please click here.

If you click on the photos on the side bar, you will be taken to its post with the photo.

Monday – Monday Mode
Wednesday – Wednesday Wall2Wall: Interior Design
Friday – Friday Finds

I have not been able to follow this schedule, but I try!

I hope my readers enjoy reading my blog and would come back here time to time.
I love seeing comments and they mean a lot to me. They always make me smile and make my day! If not on a comment section, I’ll be happy to connect with you on my FACEBOOK fan page, Instagram, twitter, or by email at chuzailiving{at}gmail{dot}com.

Thank you for visiting!

☆All the posts on Chuzai Living are written based on my experiences and with my own photography. Because my blog is a personal blog, I don’t think I can write unless I believe in it. Thus, I am not able to take any write-up requests on a volunteer base.





Chuzai Livingについて

Chuzai Livingの「ちゅうざい」は駐在です。夫の仕事について転々とする中、子育てをするしながら、自分を追求できるクリエイティブな場を求められる方法、そして私たち家族の海外生活の記録を残せる場所を求めて、2010年にブログを開始しました。その後、ブログは私の好きなファッション、赴任先や旅行先のお気に入りのお店やレストラン、旅行記、食べ物、海外での子育て、海外生活での発見などを記録する場へと変化してきました。英語なのですが、なぜ私がブログを書くのかを書いた記事がありますので、ご興味がありましたら、どうぞ。
My Muse ☆ Expat Life & Blogging About My Finds



月曜日 Monday Mode 娘や私のファッションをご紹介
水曜日 Wednesday Wall2Wall wall to wallとは壁から壁までという意味。インテリア関係をご紹介
金曜日 Friday Finds Findsとは発掘物、発見。見つけたお店やレストランなどをご紹介



☆ Chuzai Livingは、私の経験を元に書いています。パーソナルブログなので、自分の信念に沿えないと書けません。無料奉仕の記事や宣伝の依頼はお受けできません。





51 Comments leave one →
  1. Noriko Griffin permalink
    April 19, 2010 7:18 am

    Kaho-san, I am Noriko in Okinawa. Your blog looks very nice and interesting. I want to spend sometime reading it! Thank you for sharing your blog with me. The pics are so beautiful,too.

    • April 19, 2010 2:44 pm

      Thanks, Noriko san! I’m so glad you visited my blog. I miss Okinawa, especially the people and the gorgeous beaches! I hope you and your family are doing well!

  2. December 18, 2010 6:13 am

    Hi Kaho, your blog is lovely and we certainly have something in common since I also live abroad (In China). Look forward to follow your adventures! xo Mariella

  3. February 7, 2011 12:35 pm

    i am very jealous that you get to live in different places!! that is pretty much what i want to do, too, but just can’t right now. :-)

    i love your posts about your trip to vietnam. i’m glad to know that your family enjoyed vacationing there! your posts make me so nostalgic for the country. thank you!!

  4. February 8, 2011 4:21 pm

    Kaho….I just adore your blog and writing style.

    Your older girl is so pretty and your younger one is a cutie patootie! They must make you life so much fun.

    Since I just stumbled upon you when searching for blogs on Ho Chi Minh, I am gad I have a lot of material to catch up on (am planing to slowly read all your old posts). I’m especially loving your travel and fashion shoots.

  5. Alexandra permalink
    April 4, 2011 2:57 pm


    I just had a question about your website, , and found it fun and interesting! If you could e-mail me back, I would love to talk with you.

    Thank you for your time.

  6. April 17, 2011 6:28 am

    so nice to have met you today Kahori!

    your blog’s awesome!!! see you soon, :)


  7. June 5, 2011 2:03 pm

    I would like to invite you to join my Global Expat group pages on Linkedin and facebook. We are dedicated to assisting the expat family in their years abroad as well as the trailing spouse (STARS) in maintaining a career. Also, check out our website,

    Please feel free to post links to your blog in our groups and increase your audience.

    Best regards,

  8. July 11, 2011 8:52 pm

    Oh, I see… I was wondering what chuzai meant… now I know!

  9. eka permalink
    September 26, 2011 2:31 am

    Hi there,

    I stumbled upon your website accidentally. My husband is also in the same field and will be posted in Jakarta next year. I’m myself is an Indonesian so it’s good to be back. You have a nice website, I do enjoy reading it.

    • September 26, 2011 9:23 am

      Thanks! We’ll still be here next year, so maybe we can meet after you arrive!

  10. ike permalink
    November 11, 2011 4:23 am

    Hai kaho… im ike mom of 2 kids, im indonesian and live in jakarta…
    Nice to meet you and nice to know you from your blog…
    I kind a like your blog… coz i love interior design as well…
    And from your beautiful clipping picture, tough you must love photograph also ya… :)
    Do you also learn to speak bahasa indonesia while you’re here ;)

    will be happy to know you more…

    ike, jakarta

    • SheeLing permalink
      November 22, 2011 3:54 am

      Hi Kaho, it seems that u have managed to bring many spouse of working husband being posted to various part of the world together….My husband will be officially posted to Jakarta for work, but we are already here while waiting for the official move. . It will be nice to be able to meet up with some of u to a coffee session..loved reading your blogs..i was a little pessimistic about living in Jakarta, but after reading your blog & also some of our personal experience locating some nice places, i hope it can & still will change me from pessimistic to optimistic…hope to hear from u …

    • November 22, 2011 7:48 am

      Thanks for the comment! It is hard to move overseas for spouse’s work because it might not be of your choice. I’m a happy camper as this is what I have always dreamed of, but it’s much easier for me than for some other people because I’m Japanese and I’m close to home. I lived in Africa and it was much harder because of the proximity to home and the life style being very different from what I’m used to and the availability of resource, etc, but I managed to make my life fun and interesting there. I’m doing great here because I love a city life, but if you’re not, it’s a whole another story. Whether you have a child or not makes a difference, too. Having very young children (one is not so young any more), this post to me is a bonus because we can afford a full time help. Coming from the States where childcare is crazy expensive (believe it or not, it is more than Japan), I am thankful for being here.

  11. Travel Culture Food permalink
    June 20, 2012 9:08 am

    Your blog is just amazing!!! Well done <3 & Keep it up ;)

    • June 20, 2012 9:41 am

      You’re very nice. I enjoyed my visit at your blog, too! Thank you for stopping by!!!

    • Travel Culture Food permalink
      June 20, 2012 9:59 am

      Your Welcome ;)

  12. Travel Culture Food permalink
    June 20, 2012 2:23 pm

    Hi dearie, Congratulations I have nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger Award”

    • June 20, 2012 8:08 pm

      Thank you so much, Travel Culture Food!!! I’m honored.

    • Travel Culture Food permalink
      June 20, 2012 10:44 pm

      Your welcome, you deserve it!! <3 ;)

  13. September 18, 2012 6:09 am

    great blog! I’m following! would definitely enrich my knowledge as a fashion blogger :)

    • September 18, 2012 9:14 am

      Thank you so much for the compliment! You made me smile!

  14. October 29, 2012 7:49 am

    Great Blog! I have moved to Jakarta recently and was having a hard time finding things. And today when I started reading your blog felt so much better – cause a lot of the things that I was wondering where to find is all here – documented so well.
    fantastic stuff..shall keep following u online.

    • October 29, 2012 9:26 am

      Yay!! Thanks for the sweet comment! You made my day! When I receive comment like yours, it make me feel so happy to be blogging. Thank you!!!

  15. December 28, 2012 4:44 pm

    Hi Kaho, I just found your blog today and yes, it’s very nice! Indeed. I am from Jakarta but I don’t live there now. By visiting your blog I can update myself with some nice interesting places, which I can visit next time I come around. Thanks! :)

    • December 28, 2012 7:34 pm

      Thanks! I appreciate that you took your time to leave me a comment. Jakarta is such a big city that things change quickly. I’m sure you feel that every time you visit, something new has popped up open.

  16. February 1, 2013 12:23 am

    konnichiwaa :D
    this is my first time stumbling into a Japanese who lives in Indonesia :D
    I really like your blog, and having a nice time reading it hehe

    nice to meet you :D


    • February 1, 2013 2:40 am

      Thanks! First time? I’m honored, but there are a lot of them hiding all over the city. :) Thanks for your time to read my blog!

    • February 6, 2013 10:48 pm

      yess, first time :D and I’m glad that my first is very amazing :D hehe

    • February 7, 2013 9:23 am

      Thanks!! I appreciate your kind words!

  17. Dani permalink
    February 4, 2013 11:27 am

    Hi Kaho, lovely to blog “meet” you. I’m in New Delhi and one of my neighbors here Liza found my blog and told me I should take a look at yours. It’s so lovely! Really, this is just beautiful, the photography and the features. So glad to have found this. Where are you all headed next?

    • February 5, 2013 10:25 am

      Thanks, Dani!! That’s so nice of you to write me such a sweet comment! I’m going to be in the country you live in from this summer, but in a different city. We’re moving to Mumbai!! We’re very excited! I’m going over to your blog now! :D

  18. December 19, 2013 12:56 pm

    Hi Kaho, Thanks so much for reading my essay on Expats Blog (via The Seoul of Cyprus). I would love to connect with you about your experiences in India and sharing creative ideas. I have a new blog called You have an amazing eye on fashion, use of colors. If you have time, let me know if we can collaborate on some stuff. =)

    • December 19, 2013 2:15 pm

      I will come visit you at Hometown Betty. Thanks! Yes, collaboration sounds like fun!

  19. February 5, 2014 3:48 am

    Hello Kaho,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog.
    What a lovely blog you have! I really enjoyed reading your posts and I will definitely come back to visit soon.
    You are so lucky to move every two years, that is my dream :-)

    • February 5, 2014 5:55 am

      Thank you for visiting my blog and your sweet comment! I hope your dream will come true some day!

  20. February 6, 2014 2:55 am

    Hi Kaho,
    Your blog is really inspiring, especially about the interior design and decorating stuff. Me like it! You are so creative. Also nice to know that you like living In Jakarta – Indonesia, my home town. Can’t wait for another story of your family and your creative idea

    • February 6, 2014 5:50 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Yes, I loved living in Jakarta!

  21. February 24, 2014 5:16 am

    amazing blog

  22. Yuki permalink
    March 21, 2014 8:18 pm

    Hi Kaho san,
    Hajimemashite. My name is Yuki and I live in California. I found your blog last night and I can’t stop clicking on all the beautiful pictures and reading your entries. I admire you for taking the time for what you love to do while raising three young children, and you do everything so stunningly. My kids are 3 and 0 years old, and I struggle to find my own time, let alone the time to clean the house! I will be visiting your blog a lot and wanted to say hi. Thank you for sharing your life.

    • March 22, 2014 4:13 am

      Yuki san, thank you so much for your kind words!! How cool you live in Cali! I lived in California two different times as a child and in college. I must say that I do get a lot of help from my helpers in Mumbai which is one of the biggest perks we get living in a developing country and hardship post like in India. I have lived both in Japan and the U.S. with my older two kids when they were a toddler and baby and it’s much harder to find the free time in Japan or in the U.S. when kids are that small. Thank you for visiting my blog and taking time to leave me a comment.

  23. April 10, 2014 4:24 am

    Kaho-san, my name is Kiki and I live in Jakarta Selatan. I really really love your blog. Probably we could be friends? よろしくお願いします。ありがとうございます。

    • April 10, 2014 12:54 pm

      Thank you for your kind words! Nice to ‘meet’ you! よろしくお願いします。

  24. July 1, 2014 11:55 pm

    Dear Kaho, it’s been a long time time since your last article wednesday wall to wall on May 28, 2014. Where have you been? I really miss your blog … Please come back soon! :)

    • July 5, 2014 6:43 am

      Hui, thank you so much for your sweet comment! I hope to start writing again in the near future. I’ve been traveling and visiting homes with my family, so I simply have not had the time to face my computer and write. Your comment was very encouraging and made me happy!

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